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Why Can’t She Just Listen? Auditory Processing Disorder Explained

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No multi-tasking. Children with auditory processing disorder often have trouble multi-tasking, especially because their memories are heavily taxed as a consequence of the auditory deficits.  For example, if you ask your child with APD to put her shoes in the corner on her way to the laundry basket, you are setting her up for failure. Instead, keep tasks simple and singular. With time, routine tasks can be combined.

While people don’t often discuss auditory processing disorder, it is an issue that comes up regularly in my office. Therefore, if the symptoms that you read above seem familiar, don’t hesitate to check them out. Early intervention is the best remedy!

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation,, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@verizon.net. Visit her on the web at rifkaschonfeldsos.com.


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  1. As a neuropsychologist I work with many children and adults who have been "diagnosed" with APD. In each of these instances there is an overarching diagnosis that explains the symptoms of APD. Most often ADHD or dyslexia account for the symptoms being reported and proper treatment of these disorders resolves the APD. I have even worked with adults who have suffered strokes or who have undergone brain tumor resection and chemotherapy who have been diagnosed with APD. Interestingly, all these people with APD also present with problems processing in other modalities. Does mean that they have visual or some other processing disorder?

    The problem with APD and other so called processing disorders is that all that the brain does is process. When the brain does not work properly it is therefore always a processing disorder. APD will always be diagnosed by either a speech pathologist or more likely, an audiologist. This gives rise to the hammer and nail argument : when the tools you use are limited to a very specific set of variables everything looks like a nail.

    When we go to our physician with a complaint we expect to come out with a diagnosis which not only is followed by the appropriate treatment, but inherently rules out other possible causes. APD lacks the sensitivity and specificity of a true diagnosis. It is therefore not surprising that the interventions discussed in this article are those typical of ADHD and learning disorders.
    Shahal Rozenblatt, Ph.D.
    Clinical Neuropsychologist

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